(From a woman who woke up with both arms and legs amputated after contracting the flesh-eating bacteria, Strep A, after giving birth):
“I’m so grateful….I’m so grateful.”
It starts right here with the “Queen of Blame.” I’m set like flint on a mission to root out attitudes of ungratefulness, victimization and blaming in myself and in my children.
I will do all I can to avoid raising children who complain because our swimming plans got canceled when there are children who are just grateful they made it through another round of chemo.
I will do all I can to avoid raising children who have a pity party because it’s too hot to weed the garden when there are children who would do anything for their next meal.
And I won’t be that woman anymore. I have complained and whined and thrown pity parties too. I have griped about “how hard it is to clean these tile floors” when there’s a woman, somewhere, sweeping her dirt ones….probably smiling.
I’ve complained that my dishwasher has been broken for forever, but haven’t said much about the water I take for granted running through the spigot every time I want it to, here, in my air-conditioned kitchen.
I’ve complained (if only silently) that my husband doesn’t do this or that, when I have a hard-working, faithful, tender, gracious man that lives every minute of his life for us.
We have a hard time even making a list of things for which we are thankful because we’ve never been without them. We assume the luxuries in our lives are entitlements.
And we are surrounded (just listen!) by a culture that whines, blames and screams “entitled” while there are suffering people everywhere who raise their eyes at the end of the day and praise God for breath.
I won’t join them and I won’t raise children who join them.
So many things have pressed in on my heart lately about the immeasurable quality of gratitude. It continues to be one of life’s ironies: the more we have, the more we are ungrateful.
I want to cultivate a habit of breathing gratitude. It must be deliberate.
No matter what trials the Lord takes you through, may I encourage you that a grateful spirit will sustain you more than anything else.